Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are common in women, where approximately 1 in 2 women will experience one during their lifetime1. If we look further into this, we can see that women during pregnancy are likely to get a UTI. Why? Have a read below of our blog which will cover why UTIs are common in women and why women are more likely to get an infection during pregnancy.
Why women are more likely to get UTIs
Women are more likely to get a UTI compared to men as their urethra is shorter, enabling germs to travel quite easily into the bladder1. The urethra is a tube which extends from the bladder up to where urine leaves the body.
Pregnancy and UTI
Pregnant women are at a high risk of getting a UTI. This is because when a woman is pregnant, the drainage system in the body (between the kidney and bladder) widens so that the drainage of the urine is slowed down1.
When the urine flow is slow, it gives bacteria the time to grow. In addition, as the uterus grows, the increase in weight can block urine flow from the bladder which causes an infection2.
A UTI during pregnancy can spread from the bladder up to the kidneys. Once it reaches the kidneys, it can lead to a kidney infection which would require immediate medical attention. Kidney infections can lead to the following problems during pregnancy3:
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
- High blood pressure, which could potentially lead to preeclampsia
When urinating, if you have a faint prickly feeling, it could be a sign that you have a UTI1. There are a few treatment options available to treat mild cystitis (an infection in the bladder and is also the most common lower UTI)1:
- Drink fluids such as water
- Use a urinary alkaliser product
- Avoid food or drinks that are acidic
Seek medical advice if the self-treatment options aren’t working. Additionally, refer to your health professional if symptoms persist.
Antibiotics are also a solution provided by doctors. The type of antibiotic prescribed will depend on the type of germ.
Another option is URICIL which provides true innovation when compared to the above. URICIL is a 2-in-1 Urinary Alkaliser and Antibacterial which helps to relieve symptoms and reduce the occurrence of medically diagnosed cystitis. You can learn more about URICIL by clicking here.
- Kidney Health Australia 2018, Urinary Tract Infections, Melbourne VIC,
- Steinberg, J. 2019, Urinary Tract Infection in Pregnancy, Health Navigator, <https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/u/uti-in-pregnancy/>
- Office on Women’s Health 2017, Urinary Tract Infections, Washington DC, <https://www.womenshealth.gov/files/documents/fact-sheet-urinary-tract-infections.pdf>